Two area athletes excel at two sports in the same seasonFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - High school athletes playing two sports in the same season are pretty rare. When they not only play, but excel, at each sport, that's something special.
By: Eric Manlove, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - High school athletes playing two sports in the same season are pretty rare. When they not only play, but excel, at each sport, that's something special.
In the fall, there are few places Shanley's Patrick Strom likes to be more than a tennis court.
Patrick Strom – Shanley High School Senior: “You are just isolated, it's such a tough game mentally it's unlike anything else. It's unique not many people play it and I really enjoy playing.”
For Fargo South's Josh Weiler it doesn't get any better than the soccer field.
Josh Weiler – Fargo South High School Junior: “I lose myself in the game, when I am out there I forget about everything school, my friends anything like that just completely goes away and I fall in love with the game. That’s what I've loved since I was little.”
While tennis and soccer is their primary sport in the fall both guys are among the state’s best at something else too.
Storm: “Ever since I was young I use to go out and kick field goals just at random places with my dad and some of my friends knew that I had done that and so they just asked me ‘hey, football team needs a kicker we know you are pretty good so would you mind coming out and doing it.’”
Weiler: “When my brother got involved with it that is really what got my love for kicking going just being out there kicking with my brother warming up together and just spending some quality time with each other.”
Strom recognizes tennis and football in the same season is an unusual combination.
Storm: “It's different, I know it's kind of weird, not many people think that a tennis player would kick, I kind of like being different it's fun.”
While soccer and football together is a more natural fit, that doesn't mean there aren't challenges.
Weiler: “At practice the day after a football game, I kick a lot of soccer balls over the fence and I have to go across the street and shag them, because the technique is not the same and I sky a lot of balls. Other than that it is pretty simple.”
But both guys agree there's nothing simple about excelling in two different sports in the same season.
Strom participated in doubles at State Tennis this weekend with Brandon Schott and finished tied for 7th. Weiler and his Bruins open the State Soccer Tournament on Thursday against Bismarck.